Now, it's South Arkansas' turn. Another winter storm was headed for Arkansas Thursday, promising to target the southern counties this time. Central Arkansas could still get some additional winter weather. That's tops on the list of stories that folks around here were talking about this morning.
With rural roads and some city side streets and parking lots still iced over, even a little bit of additional winter precipitation in Central Arkansas could be problematic. The heavy snow earlier this week continues to take its toll, collapsing the roof on a gymnasium at the Searcy High School and wiping out numerous awnings around the northern part of the state. The weather was also blamed for at least one death - a man found dead at his Little Rock campsite Tuesday afternoon.
Little Rock National Airport is looking at a novel way to help travelers get out of the terminal faster. A proposed in-terminal parking payment system would let you pay for your parking while you're waiting for your baggage. Only one company responded to a request for proposals for the system, pricing it at about a half million dollars. The plan got committee approval earlier this week and is expected to get the final green light from the full commission next week. It could be in place by July.
There's more action from the first annual fiscal session of the Arkansas legislature. Appropriation bills are moving out of committee and leaders of the Joint Budget Committee expect that all the bills will be ready by next week. The state's budget year begins July 1. In the past, the legislature met and approved two-year budgets every two years; but voters mandated the yearly money meetings in a 2008 vote.
Off the the blogs we go, where one political junkie has some intricate notes from the fiscal session:
I wrote a few weeks back that it would be good to have a boring fiscal session. So far, I have gotten my wish. Which is good, but has given me very little to blog about. Today the legislature had a little splash of excitement. Well, not really but for a political junkie like me [...]
Citizen Daily News notes something happening in New Mexico that they suggest would be good for Arkansas.
The New Mexico House of Representatives voted today to move up to $5 billion of the state’s money to community banks and credit unions. The move comes in response to consumer/voter outrage against larger financial institutions, and is seen as an attempt to encourage reform. Some credit the Huffington Post’s Move Your Money campaign for [...]
And, just to prove that blogging doesn't have to be ALL serious - Kat Robinson is busy taking note of her favorite sushi spots in Central Arkansas:
Maybe it started out as a fad, but sushi in Little Rock’s here to stay. The usual suspects are around -- Kobe Steakhouse, Sekisui, those sort of places. We’re lucky to have sushi chefs stirring up take-home options at Whole Foods, Fresh Market and Kroger these days. But we’re also blessed with a decent number of locally owned and operated restaurants that serve up sushi. These (usually) [...]
There's some good notes and appetizing pictures in that piece. Enough, I'm sure, to make the sushi lovers drool in anticipation! For more on all of this, there's video available by Clicking Here.